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favorite pasta salad

(3 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Judith Evans
Cartersville, GA

I get asked to bring this to all the cookouts and gatherings! This is the basic recipe but it is easy to add or replace various ingredients. It's fun to try different things and it is a pretty salad. I'm sure I'll be making it again soon and I will add a picture. It's easy, delicious, and popular!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Easy to make, this pasta salad is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Perfect for summer cookouts and holidays (Memorial, Day, July 4th, Labor Day, etc), it's tangy and full of fresh flavor. Don't like an ingredient Judith used? Just swap it out. The recipe is very forgiving. We love that you can just throw in ingredients you like or have on hand.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(3 ratings)
yield 10 - 15
prep time 45 Min
method Blend

Ingredients For favorite pasta salad

  • 2 box
    tri-colored pasta (16 oz each)
  • 1 lg
    green pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 md
    purple onion, sliced thin
  • 7
    Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped bite-size
  • 2 can
    sliced black olives, drained (2.25 oz)
  • 2 jar
    artichoke hearts, canned, drained, cut bite-size (12 oz each)
  • 1 sm
    head of broccoli florets, optional
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 bottle
    lite Caesar salad dressing
  • 1 bottle
    lite Italian salad dressing
  • 2 pkg
    crumbled Feta cheese w/basil & tomato (6 oz each)

How To Make favorite pasta salad

  • Draining cooked pasta.
    Cook pasta to box directions. Drain in colander and run cold water over to rinse.
  • Vegetable ingredients prepped.
    While pasta is cooking, cut tomatoes, onion, and green pepper.
  • Tossing vegetables and pasta in a bowl.
    Add vegetables to a large bowl with pasta. Salt and pepper to taste. Pour one of the bottles of dressing into the pasta mixture. Cover and put in the refrigerator to cool completely.
  • Favorite Pasta Salad tossed together in a bowl.
    Once cooled, toss with a large spoon to mix well and add a second bottle of dressing, mix. Add crumbled Feta cheese and mix. I do this before I serve it or before I walk out the door on my way to a cookout.
  • 5
    You can add just about anything that sounds good to this salad! Sometimes I add sliced banana peppers, mushrooms (sliced, canned, or fresh), garbanzo beans, sliced green olives... whatever suits your taste buds! Enjoy!